Are rented breast pumps safe?

breast-pumpI wrote a post not long ago for nursing moms on types of breast pumps and whether buying or renting was better. Both can be safe and a good option – it really depends on your needs and what your insurance company will cover. A number of breastfeeding women choose to rent or share their friend’s pump and that’s great.

A news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Jan. 14, 2013) reiterates the importance of understanding what type of machine you’re renting and if it is safe for multiple users. If you are going to use a pump that someone else has used, make sure it is a closed system type designed for multiple users. The FDA advised all women who use rented or second-hand pumps to buy an accessory kit with new breast shields and tubing — even if the existing kit looks clean.

To learn more about breast pumps, visit the FDA’s recently released website on breast pumps.

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One Response to “Are rented breast pumps safe?”

  1. Sante Mama Says:

    Thank you for the very important information regarding breast pumps. I think that with the new changes in health care, the option to get your pump paid for through insurance sways the scale in buying over renting, but not all mothers will be covered, and in that case, renting is a great option.

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